ATLANTA, GA, August 14, 2013 – Strong, bright, healthy teeth aren’t just a sign of good oral health – they’re also a sign of good overall health. That’s why Sharecare, the online health and wellness community founded by Jeff Arnold and Dr. Mehmet Oz that helps people engage with the most qualified resources, factors a healthy mouth into determining the RealAge Youngest & Oldest Cities in America. Based on results from a sample of 250,000 RealAge® Test respondents, Sharecare today revealed its ranking of the Top 10 Cities with the Youngest Smiles: Austin, Texas; Milwaukee; Grand Rapids, Mich.; Sacramento, Calif.; San Francisco; Minneapolis; San Diego; Denver; Washington, D.C.; and Seattle.
According to scientific data built into the RealAge® Test, brushing and flossing daily, and getting regular dental checkups can add roughly seven months to your life if you’re male and six months if you’re female. At the same time, poor oral hygiene negatively impacts your RealAge and increases your risk for heart disease.
“If you have nice, healthy teeth, your risk for heart disease is relatively low, but if you’ve lost more than a few permanent teeth – from things like smoking, diabetes, gum disease or even late-night snacking – your risk for heart disease is sky high,” said Dr. Keith Roach, MD, chief medical officer at Sharecare and co-creator of its RealAge® Test. “Also, severe dry mouth can cause as many health problems as losing your teeth because saliva helps protect against bacteria and keeps your gums healthy.”
Sharecare is the leading online health and wellness engagement platform providing millions of health-conscious consumers with a personal, results-oriented experience by connecting them to the most qualified health resources and programs they need to improve their health. Sharecare’s one-of-a-kind experience includes the popular, scientifically-based health risk assessment, the RealAge® Test, taken by more than 30 million people since its inception in 1998, and a unique, social Q&A format that provides the collective wisdom of thousands of validated health and wellness experts to greatly simplify the search for health information. Created by Jeff Arnold and Dr. Mehmet Oz in partnership with Harpo Productions, Sony Pictures Television and Discovery Communications, Sharecare allows people to ask, learn and act upon questions of health and wellness, creating an active community where knowledge is shared and put into practice—simply said, sharing care. Launched in 2010, Sharecare is based in Atlanta, GA.